The 2021 NFL draft will occur across downtown Cleveland locations that include FirstEnergy Stadium (home of the Browns), the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a select number of prospects will take the stage.
The first round will be held on Thursday, April 29. Rounds 2-3 will take place on Friday, April 30. Rounds 4-7 will be held Saturday, May 1. The draft will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.
USA TODAY Network NFL reporters break down the draft position-by-position. Here are the top free and strong safety prospects:
1. Trevon Moehrig, TCU (FS)
Pros: Length plays well. At his best in deep zones, showing outstanding range and ball skills. Quick at diagnosing and balancing route combinations; fluid transitions put him in good position.
Cons: While run support has improved, he still shows inconsistency with angles and tackling. As a result he will lunge at times and barely make the tackle or miss.
2. Richie Grant, Central Florida (FS)
Pros: Productive two-way safety who can play the deep zones as well as the box. Fluid in movements; he easily changes directions laterally to expand zones and range in deep coverage. Shows a balanced, quick backpedal that allows him to quickly break on the play in front of him.
Cons: Will occasionally appear to guess on a play or route and get out of position. Has missed some tackles coming downhill by taking too shallow an angle.
3. Jevon Holland, Oregon (FS)
Pros: Has smooth and easy transitions and downhill explosions. Excellent tackler who will come at the ball carrier hard and pounce. Takes good angles to the action, knows how to use the sidelines as another defender.
Cons: Somewhat slender frame that may not fully support the way he plays. Sometimes gets lost in coverage.
4. Andre Cisco, Syracuse (FS)
Pros: Blazing speed with plus instincts in deep coverage gives him ability to play a center fielder type position. Plays the ball in the air exceptionally well. Will make tough tackles on the move. Knows his speed and knows the boundaries.
Cons: Ducks his head too much on tackle attempts. Durability issues throughout his college career.
5. Ar'Darius Washington, TCU (FS)
Pros: While small statured, his instincts, toughness and technique make up for most of
the size issue. Has played mostly in deep coverage. His change of direction and quickness put him in position to make a lot plays. Has been productive with ball skills.
Cons: The size issue does show up at times tackling and in chase mode. Rarely misses a tackle, but occasionally will bounce off a tackle against a physical back.
6. Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State (FS)
Pros: Elite length and overall reach for the position. Shows advanced footwork off the line. Very good buildup speed that can cover a lot of ground in space. Brings solid power presence when he comes in contact with the ball carrier. Plays an aggressive game and avoids costly mistakes.
Cons: Lacks a true suddenness in coverage and post-snap. Hip turn and agility look somewhat heavy.
7. Damar Hamlin, Pittsburgh (FS)
Pros: Smart and instinctive player who excels in zone coverage. Makes dual reads routinely. Can locate the passer’s intentions while maintaining awareness of the full field. Directs traffic pre-snap. Will come downhill hard and stick his hat into an oncoming ball carrier.
Cons: Deep speed is questionable. Spent too much time playing from behind and struggles to get to receivers once they pass him. Too much hit or miss as a tackler.
8. Jamien Sherwood, Auburn (SS)
Pros: Takes great angles toward the action when moving laterally. Smart in coverage, can protect the deep angles and understands his speed in relation to his opponent. Stacks and sheds in space with ease and will rarely miss when he gets his hands on the ball carrier.
Cons: Doesn’t play as physical as he could. Will show some tightness in his hips. Will turn himself around in coverage.
9. Richard LeCounte, Georgia (SS)
Pros: Smart and versatile defender for the back end; plays the last line of defense really well. Solid and reliable tackler. Wraps up defender with notably strong hands. Plays faster the closer he gets to the action.
Cons: May not be able to catch up to mistakes or late recognition against long speed. Needs to add bulk so he can hold up against the power of the NFL. Will get too grabby in coverage.
10. Divine Deablo, Virginia Tech (SS)
Pros: Flexible player with good burst; can accelerate to his top speed in a hurry. Plays a
rangy game against both the run and pass. Excellent ball skills stemming from his time as a wide receiver.
Cons: Shows high-hipped movement and heavy feet in man coverage. Still lacks the consistency in his footwork; has a level of rawness to his skill set.
11. Talanoa Hufanga, USC
12. Paris Ford, Pittsburgh
13. James Wiggins, Cincinnati
14. Shawn Davis, Florida
15. Caden Sterns, Texas
16. Christian Uphoff, Illinois State
17. Lamont Wade, Penn State
18. Mark Webb, Georgia
19. Brady Breeze, Oregon
20. Donovan Stiner, Florida
21. Joshuah Bledsoe, Missouri
22. Darrick Forrest, Cincinnati
23. Jamar Johnson, Indiana
24. Brendon White, Rutgers
25. Tariq Thompson, San Diego State
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL draft 2021 safety rankings: Trevon Moehrig among top prospects